Famous Deaths on April 26

  • 757 Stephen II, Catholic Pope (752-757), dies at
  • 1192 Emperor Go-Shirakawa of Japan (b. 1127)
  • 1196 Alfonso II, King of Aragon (1162-96), dies
  • 1444 Robert Campin, South Neth painter/porter of Doornik, dies at about 65
  • 1476 Simonetta Vespucci, inspiration of Botticelli (b.1453)
  • 1478 Giuliano de' Medici, Medeheerser of Florence, murdered at about 24
  • 1489 Ashikaga Yoshihisa, Japanese 9th shōgun of the Ashikaga shogunate, dies at 23
  • 1558 Jean Francois Fernel, French physician, dies
  • 1648 Christoph Thomas Walliser, composer, dies at 79
  • 1703 Georg Christoph Leuttner, composer, dies at 58
  • 1716 John Somers, 1st Baron Somers, Lord Chancellor of England (b. 1651)
  • 1726 Jeremy Collier, Engl bishop/historian/opponent to theater, dies at 75
  • 1784 Nano Nagle, Irish convent founder (b. 1718)
  • 1785 Karl Siegmund von Seckendorff, German composer, dies at 40
  • 1789 Peter I Panin, Russian general (Pugatshov-uprising), dies at about 67
  • 1805 Jean BG d'ansse the Villoison, classic (Anecdota Graeca), dies at 55

  • 1827 Bernardo Ottani, Italian composer, dies at 90
  • 1865 Charles J Sax, Belgium musician and father of Adolphe Sax inventor of the saxophone, dies at 74

Person of interestJohn Wilkes Booth

1865 John Wilkes Booth, American stage actor and assassin of US President Abraham Lincoln, shot at 26 by Union soldier Boston Corbett

  • 1881 Ludwig Freiherr von und zu der Tann-Rathsamhausen, German general (b. 1815)
  • 1892 Sir Provo Wallis, British Admiral and naval hero (b. 1791)
  • 1907 Pietro Platania, Italian composer, dies at 79
  • 1910 Bjornstjerne Bjornson, Norwegian writer (Mary, Nobel 1903), dies at 77
  • 1920 Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian mathematician (number theory), dies of illness at 32
  • 1922 Hans Sommer, German theatre composer, dies at 84
  • 1924 Josef Labor, Austrian composer, dies at 82
  • 1932 Bill Lockwood, cricketer (43 wickets in 12 Tests for England), dies
  • 1936 Tammany Young, American actor (b.1886)
  • 1938 Edmund Husserl, German philosopher (study of phenomenon), dies at 79
  • 1940 Carl Bosch, German chemist (BASF, IG Farben, Nobel 1931), dies at 65
  • 1941 Jean Demoor, Belgian physician and physiologist, dies at 74
  • 1944 Violette Morris, French athlete (b. 1893)
  • 1945 Pavlo Skoropadsky, Ukrainian politician and general, dies at 71
  • 1945 Sigmund Rascher, Nazi doctor (b. 1909)
  • 1946 Hermann Keyserling, count/philosopher (Unsterblichkeit), dies at 65
  • 1950 G. Murray Hulbert, American politician (b. 1881)
  • 1951 John Alden Carpenter, US composer (Sea Drift), dies at 75
  • 1951 Arnold Sommerfeld, German physicist, dies at 82
  • 1952 Charles L Baars, Dutch actor (Women Tamers), dies at 59
  • 1956 Edward Arnold, actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 66
  • 1957 Gichin Funakoshi, Japanese martial artist, Father of Japanese Shotokan Karatedo, dies at 88

  • 1958 Joe Small, cricketer (WI all-rounder in 1928 series), dies
  • 1958 Johan N C "Joan" Collette, painter, dies at 68
  • 1960 Wander J de Haas, Dut physicist (Einstein-De Haas effect), dies at 82
  • 1961 Gail Russell, American actress (The Uninvited, Moonrise, Unseen), dies from complications of alcohol abuse at 36
  • 1964 Edwin John Pratt, Canadian poet (Towards the Last Spike), dies at 81
  • 1964 Pieter van der Lijn, Dutch geologist (Boulder Book), dies at 93
  • 1965 Aaron Avshalomov, composer, dies at 70
  • 1969 Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist and founder of aikido (b. 1883)
  • 1970 Gypsy Rose Lee [Rose Hovick], American burlesque actress (Gypsy), dies of lung cancer at 56
  • 1970 John Knittel, Swiss writer, dies at 79
  • 1970 Paul Celan, writer, dies at 49 [or May 5]
  • 1970 Erik Bergman, Lutheran pastor (b. 1886)
  • 1972 Margaret A R Bonds, US pianist/composer/arranger, dies at 59
  • 1972 Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter (b. 1892)
  • 1973 Irene Ryan, American actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 69
  • 1976 Allan Jackson, American newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand), dies at 60
  • 1976 Neil McCallum, actor (Pete-Saber of London), dies at 45
  • 1976 Sid James [Solomon Joel Cohen], South African-born British character and comedy actor (Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • 1980 Cicely Courtneidge, actress (Double Exposure), dies at 87
  • 1981 Jim Davis, American actor (Jack Ewing-Dallas), dies at 65
  • 1981 Madge Evans, TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 71
  • 1982 Celia Johnson, British actress (Jean Brodie), dies of stroke at 73
  • 1982 Ville Ritola, Finnish 5/10km runner (Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies
  • 1983 Bronislaw Kaper, Polish film composer and Academy Award winner (Green Dolphin Street, Lili), dies at 81
  • 1983 Vaughn Taylor, actor (Johnny Jupiter), dies at 72
  • 1984 Henry Rowland, actor (Rogue's Regiment), dies at 70
  • 1984 May McAvoy, actress (Ben Hur), dies at 82 after a heart attack
  • 1984 William "Count" Basie, American jazz musician and bandleader, dies at 79
  • 1986 Bessie Love, actress (Broadway Melody, Isadora), dies at 87

Person of interestBroderick Crawford

1986 Broderick Crawford, American actor (All the King's Men, Highway Patrol), dies after a series of strokes at 74

  • 1986 Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter (b. 1899)
  • 1987 John Ernest Silkin, British politician (b. 1923)
  • 1987 Shankar, Of Noted Bollywood Music Director Duo Shankar-Jaikishan (b. 1922)

Person of interestLucille Ball

1989 Lucille Ball, comedienne (I Love Lucy), dies of heart attack at 78

Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
Lucille Ball
  • 1990 Carlos Pizarro Leongomez, Colombian presidential candidate, assassinated
  • 1991 Emily McLaughlin, American actress (Jessie Brewer- General Hospital), dies at 61
  • 1991 Carmine Coppola, American composer and conductor (The Godfather Part II), and father of Francis Ford Coppola, dies at 80
  • 1991 Leo Arnaud, French-American composer (Bugler's Dream), dies at 86
  • 1991 Richard Hatfield, Canadian politician (b. 1931)
  • 1991 Hans Holewa, Austrian-born Swedish composer, dies at 85
  • 1992 Alberta Vaughn, actress (Wild Horse, Silver Devil), dies at 87
  • 1992 Clyde Hartley, entertainer, dies at 68
  • 1994 Masutatsu Oyama, Founder of Japanese Kyokushin Karate, dies at 70
  • 1995 Alexander Knox, Canadian actor and author (Gorky Park, 2 of a Kind), dies of bone cancer at 88
  • 1995 Hugh Morton, Baron Morton of Shuna, Scottish lawyer and judge, dies at 65
  • 1996 Burton Stein, American historian, dies at 69
  • 1996 John Norrie McArthur, malariologist/microscopist, dies at 94
  • 1996 Stirling Silliphant, screenwriter, dies at 78
  • 1997 Joey Faye, American comedian (Joey Faye's Follies), dies at 86
  • 1997 Peng Zhen, mayor of Beijing China (1951-66), dies
  • 1997 Yegorov, Russian leader (1994-95), dies
  • 1997 Gene [Eugene] Ames, singer (Ames Brothers), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1997 John Beal [James Andrew Bliedung], American actor (10 Who Dare, I Am the Law, Les Misérables), dies at 87
  • 1999 Adrian Borland, English musician (The Sound) (b. 1957)
  • 1999 Jill Dando, British television presenter (b.1961)
  • 2002 Robert Steinhäuser German spree killer (b.1983)
  • 2003 Rosemary Brown, Canadian politician (b. 1930)
  • 2003 Max Nicholson, Irish environmentalist (b. 1904)
  • 2003 Peter Stone, American writer (b. 1930)
  • 2004 Hubert Selby Jr., American author (Last Exit to Brooklyn), dies at 75
  • 2005 Mason Adams, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 2005 Maria Schell, Austrian-Swiss star of German cinema (The Last Bridge, Gervaise, Space 1999), dies at 79
  • 2005 Augusto Roa Bastos, Paraguayan author (b. 1917)
  • 2005 Mason Adams, American actor (Lou Grant, Deadliest Season), dies at 86
  • 2007 Jack Valenti, American political advisor and film executive, dies at 85
  • 2011 Phoebe Snow [Laub], American singer-songwriter (Poetry Man), dies at 60
  • 2013 George Jones, American country musician (Golden Rings, Oh Lonesome Me), dies from hypoxic respiratory failure at 81
  • 2013 Jacqueline Brookes, American actress (Jack & Mike, Another World), dies at 82
  • 2015 Jayne Meadows, American actress (Dark Delusion, David and Bathsheba) and wife of Steve Allen, dies of natural causes at 95
  • 2017 Jonathan Demme, American film director (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), dies at 73
  • 2018 Charles Neville, American vocalist and saxophonist (Neville Brothers), dies of pancreatic cancer at 79